Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You by Norman Solomon

By Norman Solomon

Deftly keeping apart fact from propaganda, aim Iraq is a hard-hitting reveal of the tough realities and results of the pending warfare and the media's failure to give the complete spectrum of concerns to the general public. goal Iraq will determine prominently within the nationwide debate concerning the struggle opposed to Iraq. incorporated are appendices through the Institute for Public Accuracy and reasonable -- equity and Accuracy in Reporting -- that supply a line-by line research of Bush's key October speech to Congress, the UN safeguard Council solution, and different comparable speeches and records.

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I taught college journalism for ten years. The university never teaches you to find sources on fifteen-minutes notice, how to file a story from the field when cell phones don’t work, or how to write an 800-word story in thirty minutes. The journalist’s best education is on the job. In addition to journalistic skills, young reporters also learn about acceptable parameters of reporting. S. media. But you learn who are acceptable or unacceptable sources. Most corporate officials and politicians are acceptable, the higher up the better.

In September and October 2002. But that’s not the treatment they get from many major media. Ramzi Kysia, a Voices in the Wilderness organizer who lived in Baghdad, stopped by the press center one day to drop off a press release. He invited foreign reporters to cover a visit by American antiwar teachers to an Iraqi high school. I was there when Kysia handed the press release to a TV crew. As soon as he left, the crew didn’t even bother to read the entire press release before declaring that it was propaganda.

During a typical appearance with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, who twice used the phrase “an important new book,” Pollack explained why he had come to see a “massive invasion” of Iraq as both desirable and practical: “The real difference was the change from September 11th. N. Security Council resolution in November 2002, he wrote, “Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with 11 September. ” On many psychological levels, the Bush team was able to manipulate post-9/11 emotions well beyond the phantom of Iraqi involvement in that crime against humanity.

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